Very nice school to look at. Nowhere near enough academic extra-cirricular activities such as science or math. Only one music show per year, no plays. A few of the teachers care, most just go through the motions. Lunches are horrible.
We love this school it has been a great place for our kids. They love it and their teachers.
I am thrilled with HVES! Our family experience has been wonderful. The teachers and staff at the school are there for all the right reasons: our children. The school received a new principal in 2004-Tod Evans. He has done a super job evaluating the school during his first year and making the appropriate improvements with our children in mind. He is enthusiastic and passionate about the educational experience of our children. Our PTA raises significant funds each year that support various school programs that are typically are not funded in traditional ways. The enrichment of the edcuational experience for our children is top priority. I highly recommend the school! A+
I really thought that our child would get a better level of education at this school since it was so new but I was very wrong. The principal is hardly involved, the staff is quite uncaring, and the office workers are the stupidest people I've ever met. They don't even know where your child is for most of the day and don't care to find out for you either. I've had some unpleasant experiences with HVES this year and am considering moving from the area in search of somewhere better for my kids to get an education. Also, the PTA is so stuck up and overated they care more about balloon structures than parental involvement.
As a family new to H.V.E,we weren't that impressed with the parent involvement. The assistant principal has alot to do with this opinion, she is overly rude and has no wish to make the transtion of moving schools a pleasant one. Another thing that effected our opinion of this school was their lack of concern for any child that did not make the mark of being right on level. Our son was below level due to reading,and instead of being any help or the school offering any programs the staff acted like it was a tarnish on their school to offer programs to students that didn't meet their standards.
Few resources for advanced students, at least in early grades. We have no experience with higher grades. Daughter was bored to tears, literally, in K and 1st. TAG doesn't start until Jan of 1st and then is only 1/2 hr per week. We were denied advanced material for reading/math and told that all students had to work through the same reading/math texts, regardless of their academic skills. 'Enrichment' included only different (more difficult) worksheets sent home for homework. Even this wasn't available until the second grading period of 1st. They (like most public schools) cater to mid-level and below. Too bad for bright students.
Our PTA is great. We have 2 fund raisers per year and the money raised goes to assist the kids in the classroom with new equipment etc. The teachers my daughter has had have been wonderful. My daughter enjoys school and is doing well.
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